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    Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    SANFORD, N.C. — An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.

    Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October after school personnel found a small paring knife in her lunchbox.

    Smithwick said personnel found the knife while searching the belongings of several students, possibly looking for drugs.

    “She got pulled into it. She doesn’t have to be a bad person to be searched,” Smithwick’s father, Joe Smithwick, said.

    The lunchbox really belonged to Joe Smithwick, who packs a paring knife to slice his apple. He and his daughter have matching lunchboxes.

    “It’s just an honest mistake. That was supposed to be my lunch because it was a whole apple,” he said.

    Ashley Smithwick said she had never gotten in trouble before and was surprised when the principal opened her lunchbox and found the knife.

    The teen was initially given a 10-day suspension, then received notice that she was suspended the rest of the school year.

    "I don’t understand why they would even begin to point the finger at me and use me as an example," she said.

    This month, Ashley Smithwick, a soccer player who takes college-level courses, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds. She is no longer allowed to set foot on campus.
    Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen :: WRAL.com

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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    She should file a massive law suit.
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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    This is what comes of "zero tolerance" rules.

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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    Exactly - I loath zero-tolerance because they forget what it means to think things through.

    I wouldn't have punished her at all - a child's education shouldn't be ruined because of an innocent mistake while kids who are actually struggling and NOT learning and who should be retained are being passed through regardless.

    Our education system is becoming a pathetic joke - I see why more and more students are being place in private schools as well as being homeschooled.
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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    Zero tolerance means zero thinking and zero responsibility, which is why administrators of all kinds love it so much.
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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    She should file a massive law suit.
    If her life is ruined because of that would it be immoral for to wreak vengeance?



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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    two words come to mind...


    ****ing ridiculous.

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    Re: Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

    Everyone just needs to chillax.

    On October 20, 2010, a faculty member at Southern Lee High School discovered a student on campus with marijuana. Based upon information obtained in the interview between school administration and the student in question, a search of several other students, including Miss Smithwick, was promptly conducted. During this search, a 3-inch paring knife was found on the person of Miss Smithwick in her purse. The knife was not found in Miss Smithwick’s lunchbox as reported by her family and the media.
    Miss Smithwick has not been long-term suspended from Southern Lee High School. She is currently enrolled as a student at the school. Over two months after the event it is a mystery to us that the Smithwick’s concerns were not brought to our attention by the family through normal appeal procedures prior to going to the press.
    Ashley Smithwick, Lee County Schools, Superintendent, Southern Lee High School | News Patriot

    Message from the Superintendent of Lee County Schools. I'm not shocked that she's an attention whore. Most teens are. I am shocked that her parents weren't more responsible.
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